I have looked at the 3 also, There is one local dealer here that likes to charge MSRP no discount, the other things just didn't smoothly. I like that the 3 is smaller lighter, you say it rides like a small car does that mean it doesn't take bumps as well? Does it have a nosier ride, wind. road noise. I do really like its size. Are the seats comfortable to you. I would like a test drive but the dealer closest to me wanted me to fill out a rental agreement just to take it for a test drive by myself, I just asked for my license back and left. That has never happened to me in all the years I have purchased cars. Please let me know the comparison between the Sport and the 3. ThanksThread bump, because I got a 2.5 Turbo two weeks ago. Only 300 miles so far but I'm really impressed. Mazda is going after the A3 instead of the Stinger with this car. It's nine inches shorter and two inches narrower than the Sport, rides like a smaller car. 250 ponies and 310 tourqies, weighing more than 600 lbs less than the Sport, it's a blast to drive.
This thing priced within a grand of the Sport I got 4.5 years ago, and it's loaded - heads up display, heated steering wheel, every safety feature imaginable. It lacks a few things (passenger seat is manual adjust, no fog lights), but overall I'm happy. I loved the Sport and will miss it, but I'm worry free with issues for a while now.